Jason Gonzalez has covered an array of sports at all levels over the last nine years. He learned ice hockey, however, long before — during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah (his hometown). He got a close up look of legendary Gophers alum Herb Brooks and other Minnesota hockey greats. Jason has been with the Star Tribune since 2012.
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The Gophers continue to attract Big Ten hockey weekly honors. Forward Travis Boyd and Goaltender Adam Wilcox were honored as the First and Third Stars, respectively, on Tuesday.
It’s the second straight week, and fifth time this season, the Gophers have claimed two of the three stars.
Boyd scored four points (one goal, three assists) to lead the Gophers’ sweep of Penn State, last weekend. He contributed a pair of assists in Friday’s 5-1 victory and scored a goal and assist in Saturday’s 2-1 win.
The four-point weekend increased his career-best point total to 24 (nine goals, 15 assists). It's his second Big Ten honor this season.
Wilcox picked up his fifth Big Ten honor of the season with a 30-save effort in Friday’s 5-1 victory.
The sophomore goaltender leads the Big Ten with 21 wins and is 13-2-4 in his last 19 starts. He ranks second in the conference in save percentage (.932), goals-against average (1.94) and winning percentage (.783).
Wilcox is also a Hobey Baker Award nominee and is among the current leaders in fan voting.
The Gophers have 20 Big Ten honors earned by nine different players this season.
• Single-session tickets for the NCAA men’s Frozen Four are now on sale.
The two-day event at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on April 10 and 12 will feature two sessions. One ticket for Session 1 is good for each of Thursday’s semifinal games. A Session 2 ticket will be good for Saturday’s National Championship game.
Tickets can be purchased through ComcastTIX, online at NCAA.com/FrozenFour, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the Wells Fargo Center box office.